History + Politics

Spend 5 Minutes Today to Learn About the Indigenous Peoples Whose Land You’re Standing On

Columbus Day is a loaded holiday for many families and children. Some are making a call to rename the holiday…

What Schools Can Learn from Lyft

Lyft, the car-ride service, is putting their money where their values are. Ahead of the mid-terms elections, they are offering…

Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…

I Can’t Put Down this Book on Why We Should Sue Schools into Teaching Civics Education. Seriously.

If you’ve seen my States of Education map, you know the story: in the United States, education is mentioned nowhere…

Do You Live in an Education Desert? Find Out with this Map.

You can’t go to college if it’s too far away. Or, at least, distance makes the commitment that much harder.…

Ta-Nahisi Coates on How Schools Hold Children Back

In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers this poignant passage about his experience with school as a child. For…

What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?

In the name of rigor and accountability, reforms that overemphasize career readiness and elaborate schemas of skill sets might actually…

The Best Video About Data You’ll Likely See Today

The use of data in teaching and learning has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Driven in part by…

1776 the Musical Taught Me To Love History

I attribute my loves of history and music to a fifth grade viewing of 1776 that happened annually in my…

The Etymology of ‘Pedagogy’ Might Surprise You

If you love education and love etymology, you’ll dig this. I love looking to the histories of words to better…

See if Your School District or University Has Been Investigated for Civil Rights Violations

The United States Department of Education investigates claims of civil rights violations in K-12 and higher educational institutions. The data…

The Semicolon That Almost Destroyed Texas

Like me, you probably don’t fully appreciate the importance of punctuation and grammar in making society function. Fortunately, Malcolm Gladwell’s…

A How-To Video for Using Your Telephone–From 1927

Next time you get yourself down for not knowing how to use some new technology in your classroom or home,…

You Can Geolocate Which Indigenous Peoples’ Land You Are Standing On Right Now.

One cannot change the past, but one can become more conscious of it. Eight years ago, I was invited to…

Society and Schools Must Do More to Value the Intelligence of Everyday Workers

Education professor Mike Rose describes just how wonderfully intelligent and creative everyday people are in their everyday work. He challenges the idea that…

Data Science Confirms that We Are All Watching VERY Different News Channels

It’s one thing to know that you tend toward one news outlet or another. It’s another thing to see the…
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